After more than an hour of debate Wednesday, senators rejected a plan to make the state unequivocally dump Common Core State Standards.

The effort to dump Common Core came from Republican Sen. Angela Hill of Picayune and others allied with tea party groups. Hill says Common Core creates mediocre expectations and hurts academic achievement.

The Senate Education Committee chairman, Republican Gray Tollison of Oxford, says if a new commission recommends standards that include some Common Core elements, the state Board of Education should be able to adopt those standards.

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